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Vegan Quarter with local food vendors will be set up for the first time at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2022


By Federica Stefani

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Joni Phippin with Inverness AV Cube founder Jamie Moyes presenting the banner for Belladrum's new vegan quarter. Picture by: Mark Richards - AuroraFindhorn
Joni Phippin with Inverness AV Cube founder Jamie Moyes presenting the banner for Belladrum's new vegan quarter. Picture by: Mark Richards - AuroraFindhorn

A VEGAN area involving local businesses will be set up for the very first time at one of the most awaited music events this week.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival will for the first time offering a vegan quarter for all festival goers to enjoy sustainable food and learn more about the vegan ethos.

The idea is the brainchild of Joni Phippin, a local and regular festival-goer who pitched the idea a few years ago and was supposed to introduce it at the event in 2020 before summer events were put on hold with lockdown.

Ms Phippin, who was recently diagnosed with myeloma, said this is a big step forward which she hopes will remain in the future.

"Belladrum felt like the ultimate place to meet with people and chat with them in a really accessible way. Non judgy, great food, relaxed atmosphere, but it also it means that quite a lot of the customers that used to have to bring their own food whereas now they will now have a place where they can come and join in and eat what everyone else is eating."

"There's some really cool things which I don't think Belladrum has seen before, and we will be under two big stretched tents, so we will have under-cover seating, which I think will be quite popular! "

Vendors will include local independent businesses such as Whisk Away, Auld Smokey, Bothy Blends, Zepice as well as Glasvegan and the Vegan Bay Baker from Aberdeen.

Event manager at Belladrum, Lesley Strang said: "Now hat we have so many local vendors, bringing them together in one area I think is a really great thing and something that that we look forward to bring on in the future."


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